The End of Life as We Know it…for Windows 7

With less than 6 months left until Microsoft ends support for Windows 7, it’s time to start preparing your organization to make the switch to Windows 10. Currently, Microsoft is still releasing regular patches for Windows 7, that’s all about to change. The last security update will be released in January 2020, leaving only a few months to ensure your organization is prepared.

The primary reason for transitioning to Windows 10 (Microsoft’s newest operating system) is security updates, but that’s not the only reason. Both new Windows features and third-party application support will require the latest operating system to continue functioning correctly.

System security is an ongoing battle between those with malicious intent and Microsoft’s patching for new security threats. Without these security patches, Windows 7 systems will become substantially more vulnerable to viruses, malware, and third-party software exploitations. These kind of threats increase over time but without patches, systems will inevitably become more of a security risk to your network.

Now that upgrading or updating has become a requirement you may be wondering where to start. Generally, we recommend systems older than five years be replaced, as upgrading to Windows 10 could cause poor user experience and slow system speed. For most users, the transition to Windows 10 is a fairly simple process. Adept Solutions can help but together a roadmap plan for a smooth transition over the coming months for these systems. Unlike Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 is visually similar to Windows 7 and there is only a very small learning curve for the new operating system. Depending on the number of computers that will need to be upgraded and replaced, we may need to treat the process as a project outside the scope of your current contract. Please consult with your Adept Solutions account team to find the avenue that best suits your organization’s needs.

Regardless of what route your company decides to take, Windows 7 will soon become a liability for your network. By keeping Windows 7 computers on your network in 2020, there is a greater risk of security vulnerabilities and the possibility of incompatibility with third-party applications. Please consider scheduling a discussion with your Adept Solutions account team to begin planning for this transition.  If you currently aren’t a partner with us, we would certainly help you with an assessment of you network to let you know the status of any Windows 7 risks.

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